The Otherworldly Fiddler: the sacred and the profane meet at Heinrich Biber’s musical table
Perhaps the greatest violin virtuoso of the 17th century, Bohemian fiddler Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber crafted his compositions in a style that might be described as a dinner party of disparate sound worlds. His scrumptious Mensa Sonora, seu Musica instrumentalis, is “civilized” Biber, for mealtime and after dinner entertainment. His virtuosic Harmonia artificioso-ariosa employs a rustic folk-fiddle style and demands alternate tunings and techniques. Agave Baroque performs selections from these fascinating collections, as well as works that fearlessly explore the nexus of sacred and profane: Biber’s 1682 masterpiece Fidicinium sacro-profanum, and Johann Heinrich Schmelzer’s stunning Sacro-profanus concentus musicus.
Aaron Westman, violin and viola; Shirley Hunt, viola da gamba, violoncello; Kevin Cooper, Baroque guitar; JungHae Kim, harpsichord, organ; David Wilson, violin; Josh Lee, viola da gamba, violone; Daniel Zuluaga, theorbo
Thursday, June 7, 2012
5 PM, ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, $28